The Experimental Maps Update has arrived. The main feature of this update is the addition of a new teleport menu in the Section 3 room off the museum lobby. This is where new maps will be added first as they are developed. As the name suggests, these maps are experimental and may not be fully optimized when released. The first map added to this new menu is a forest map that was near-complete before it was replaced by the village map.
See below for the full update notes:
Our educational VR game, VR Museum: Blacksmithing Through Time, has launched in the Oculus Store as an Early Access title. It has been a long journey to get to this point. The journey is not over yet though. Releasing the VR Museum in Early Access allows more community feedback as we continue development. In its current state, the VR Museum could be considered a finished product—it is playable from beginning to end, with all the major features that were initially planned in place. But we don’t want to stop there. The goal is to make this the best VR Museum we can make. To that end, we will be working on feature updates for the VR Museum.
One of the first major updates you can look forward to is a refinement of the village map with reconstructed blacksmith shops. This map was made late in development as a replacement to a forest environment. There are plans for the village map long-term, but to start the focus will be on adding props to help make the village look more lived-in. Longer-term, the village will more fully be utilized for educating players about how the work of blacksmiths integrates into the daily life of a pre-industrial village.
While we are working on the village update, we have decided to release the older map that the village replaced. It is in a more complete state and would have been in the launch version if not for performance issues on some graphics cards during testing. Internally, we feel players should still have the opportunity to play this map. It will be the first addition to a new Experimental Maps teleport menu.
The Experimental Maps teleport menu will be located in the Section 3 room off of the museum lobby, where the teleporter to the village is also located. Going forward. This is where new maps will be added as they are opened to Early Access players. The Experimental Maps Update will be coming soon.
Walk into a new type of immersive museum where you are free to throw priceless artifacts around as you please, or teleport from a museum building into the middle of a village. The VR Museum is an educational experience about the ancient craft of blacksmithing and how archaeologists understand blacksmith shops.